6 November 2015

Call for Papers: IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting, Chicago, August 9-11, 2016

By Sandra Ludig Brooke

The digital revolution, space and economic pressures, and a trend towards collaborative work have all stimulated a demand for libraries to re-invent themselves as physical spaces. Art and design libraries face particular challenges in this arena. While aspiring to embody those same, high aesthetic and design standards that are the focus of their collections, art libraries must accommodate the gamut of historic and modern library materials—from printed books and ephemera to digital images. Their patrons are similarly diverse and demanding, ranging from scholarly researchers and creative artists to museum docents and the general public.

The Art Libraries Section of IFLA in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and the Midstates and Ohio Valley Chapters of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) is organizing a three‐day conference in Chicago that will focus on modern and historic art library facilities. The Art Library as Place: Building on the Past, Building for the Future will consist of papers, panel discussions, site visits to local art museums and libraries, and tours of Chicago area architecture.

We are seeking speakers who will highlight various aspects of our theme. Facilities for art, architecture, and design library collections and art archival collections—both stand-alone facilities and those integrated within larger institutions—are of interest. Subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • New art library construction projects
  • Art library preservation and renovation projects
  • Buildings adapted for use as art libraries
  • History of art library architecture
  • Art library fixtures and furnishings
  • Innovative planning methodologies and design collaborations
  • User studies—what patrons want from art library spaces
  • Art library facility standards
  • Environmental control in relation to facility design
  • Security issues in relation to facility design
  • Art library design and the digital shift
  • Speculative approaches to new paradigms of library design

Proposals must be submitted by email no later than February 12th to:
Sandra Ludig Brooke, Chair of the IFLA Art Libraries Section sbrooke@princeton.edu
Viveca Pattison Robichaud, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee vivecarobichaud@nd.edu

Proposals must contain:

  • Email subject line “IFLA Chicago Paper Proposal”
  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s) of the paper
  • Paper abstract (500 words maximum)
  • Speaker’s name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address
  • Biographical note on the speaker (100 words maximum)
  • Language of the paper
  • Papers must be original and not have been published or presented elsewhere
  • Invitations to speakers will be issued by March 1st

Please note:
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodations, etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors/presenters. Current members of ARLIS/NA are eligible to apply for an ARLIS/NA Kress Travel Award to support attendance at this conference. Kress Travel Awards are neither guaranteed to nor limited to presenters at the conference.

Art Libraries, Buildings and equipment, United States, Art, Architecture, and Design library collections, Art archival collections

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